The Committee on Sustainability at the College of William and Mary awarded the first round of projects for a greener campus in the Fall of 2008.
- One-time support in the amount of $16,000 for the current campus recycling effort. This will provide time and opportunities to assess the value and efficiencies of the current program through additional student projects and grants conducted independently or as part of course studies.
- Seed money in the amount of $3,000 to support work on solar cell development by Keith Griffioen, professor of physics, and 15 students. The project will place a solar array on the roof of Small Hall for research and development leading to additional grant support.
- $15,000 for installation of occupancy sensors in Swem Library to increase efficiency of energy use, and reduce waste.
- Support for electric metering in the Randolph Complex in the amount of $16,000. This will allow monitoring and comparison with other dormitory facilities and provide opportunities for energy savings, including inter-dormitory competition and student projects to reduce usage and promote cultural change towards sustainable energy use.
- Support in the amount of $3,000 to Randy Chambers, associate professor of biology and director of the Keck Lab, for monitoring stations needed to study storm water runoff on the Williamsburg campus as part of an overall campus modeling and landscape management effort.
In addition to these projects the College deposited an initial $40,000 into the recently established “Green Endowment.” Using a variety of mutual funds, the endowment provides support for alternative energy and other sustainability projects. Over time, income generated from the Green Endowment will provide another source of funding for additional sustainability projects on campus.